Superman: Unbound – 4 out of 5
|I spent most of my childhood trying to figure out what|
muscles I need to flex in order to achieve flight...in fact, I still
do. I'm guessing it's a butt muscle.
|For some reason, Lois Lane has purple eyes in the film.|
Superman: Unbound is based on the graphic novel from 2008 called "Superman: Brainiac" by Geoff Johns. It tells the story of the Superman and Supergirl defending Metropolis from the evil Brainiac: A being with an insane obsession with collecting all the galaxy’s knowledge and to use it to rule all. This threat hits close to home with Supergirl as she’s seen first hand the power Brainiac holds and fears she won’t have the will to face him again. Superman, however, driven by his own strong-as-steel moral code and his desire to protect his love; Lois Lane, stops at nothing to deter Brainiac from destroying his new home world.
|Then, at one point, he travels back in time to try and stop production of |
Terminator: Salvation. His failure proves to be the saddest part of the film.
|My eyes started bleeding from the sheer epicness of this|
|"You have a mosquito on your face, let me get it."|
The strongest thing this DC animated feature had going for it, and is one of the reasons DC continues to outperform Marvel in the animation department (in my humble nerd opinion) is the superior voice acting. One would think Superman would be easy to voice act because all you have to do is a generic hero voice full of bravado but the problem with that is it can easy become a satire of all that it means to be Superman. To accurately portray Superman, the actor needs to ride the line of being that typical boy scout that’s become an American icon as well as also stopping short enough to make sure he’s not just coming off silly. Matt Bomer really brought Superman to life and made him come together as a legitimate hero—similar to Reeves in his iconic performance in the classic live-action films. Yeah, even in Quest for Peace.
|The movie does NOT shy away from the blood. But that's|
strawberry jam you see there, kids.
To have a great and powerful hero like our yellow sun-powered Man of Steel you need an equally powerful or, at the very least, an extremely deceitful or cunning strategist for a villain. In the case of Brainiac, you have both so you need the right actor to bring life to the animation and they picked correctly for this project. John Noble, the false king Denethor and the only reason I watched Fringe (Seriously, that show would have been absolute mustard-reeking crap if John Noble wasn’t there as Walter), brings a creepy, cold and calculating presence to the info/control obsessed villain that rides in a skull-shaped space ship. Noble’s low monotone growl made Brainiac come off as a threat beyond the simple fact that he has superior technology and the information from a million beings he sucked out of their brains swimming around in his dome. If this form of Brainiac came to life and spoke with Noble’s voice, an uncontrollable stream of fear-induced urine would not be far behind me if we crossed paths. Noble’s deliver was so dramatic and a joy to hear that I wished that Brainiac would get to have every single cliché supervillain monologue that’s ever been documented. I wanted the “We’re not so different, you and I” and the whole “Let me tell you my whole plan before I make a foolhardy attempt to kill you”—I would have even allowed the cry-fest that occurs after the villain gives off his painful past that pushed him into the path of evil.
|The face doesn't help calm the flow of fear-piss either.|
|Is this because I talked about your purple eyes?|
|Meanwhile, a crowd armed with camera phones and flashlights fill the streets below.|
Superman: Unbound is just another notch in the belt of DC’s animation department. While Marvel may lead in the live-action film arena, they clearly can’t compete with the animated features of their iconic books that DC continues to put out. While Superman has had a lackluster history with his films (but check out Richard Donner’s cut of Superman II, he really redeemed that one with his edit) he has shown time and time again that his grand adventures can translate quite well to the world of animation…although my hopes are unbelievably high that this will change with Man of Steel.
|This is how I felt after watching Superman: Unbound.|